Forget naysayers: Sometimes nature is the best dispensary
It seems obvious enough: That the food we eat and the other organic substances that we consume daily (voluntarily or otherwise) have a profound effect on health and wellness.
Homeopathic medicine works from this observation – that nature provides most (if not all) of the support our bodies need for optimal health. Yet there have been many naysayers who swear by allopathic (western) medicine, preferring treatment that focuses on symptoms over therapies that work holistically.
Sometimes, however, the biased side of anti-homeopathic pundits comes into view:
An example: Stephen Barrett is the founder of a website that purports to ‘combat heath-related frauds, myths, fads and fallacies’, Quackwatch. Barrett and his website have come under fire in the past due to spreading information about homeopathic medicine that has been called biased. Barrett has initiated libel claims and lawsuits against many challengers, and these have raised questions about the way big pharmaceutical companies respond to competition.
Barrett made a career out of attacking established alternative therapies such acupuncture, yet when he challenged King Bio Pharmaceuticals, a homeopathic medicine company, he lost his case. In the course of the case, the court allegedly found that Barret was not the authority on homeopathic medicine he claimed to be, lacking the required qualifications. More worryingly, the case found that Barrett and his associate had a vested interest in the outcome of the case since they were allegedly beneficiaries of the fund that paid their legal defences.
What cases such as these show is that debates around homeopathic and allopathic medicine do not always come down to scientific research alone. Often there are biased individuals who are against new research being performed as a matter of course. This might be either because they stand to gain personally from limiting new knowledge, or because they are biased for other reasons.
While naysayers might rubbish the benefits of alternative medicine, it is wise to remember that there is an industry around health and wellness. Where there is industry, there are individuals (and big companies) that might put existing financial interests above exploring new therapeutic possibilities. Thus it is wise to not take naysayers who are skeptical about holistic medicine too seriously: Even if its remedies are generic rather than trademarked, sometimes nature is the best dispensary.